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leaks of information is that it makes the president look good. >> we're going to talk to senator mccain in just a moment. the white house for the most part is flightily denying the charges. jay carney told reporters any suggestion that this administration has authorized intentional leaks of classified information for political gain is grossly irresponsible. i'll have senator mccain respond to that in a moment. now, all this outrage stems from a wave of news reports about secret operations overseas including a new york times article last week about u.s. cyber attacks on the computers i rarn uses to run the nuclear facilities. the reporter david sanger comes out and says his scoop is, quote, based on interviews with current and former officials involved in the program. now some of the information came from current officials working on the program. this is a direct quote from the article. listen to how sanger refers to the source. quote, he was deep into every step in slowing the iranian program, the diplomacy, the
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sanctions, every major decision a senior administration official said. a senior administration official. that wasn't the only one. in at least three other recent stories having to do with national security, the source, sources cited were administration officials. now, one of the things that senator mccain is angry about is the white house seems to be ignoring leaks that make the administration look good while taking a hard line on the whistle blowers. the justice department has prosecuted since cases under the espionage act. that's twice as many as all previous administrations combined. all of them. as far as the news -- new leaks are concerned, there have been no calls at all from the white house to find the source of the leak. senator mccain, however, is calling for a special investigator to be appointed. david axelrod, the chief strategist for the re-election campaign said we'll welcome anybody to look at anything. i spoke earlier with senator mccain about the issue. senator, the white house now says that any claim that these leaks are for political gain, which you and others have said, they say it's grossly
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irresponsible to make that claim. how do you respond? >> who benefits? who's benefited from these leaks? that's what you always look for. obviously, the portrayal of the president as a strong and courageous leader throughout this narrative is what it's all about. and the second aspect, of course, is that this administration has been blatantly political on all national security issues that i've been observing of. so i think it's very clear that these leaks came from the white house, people within the white house itself. and these people are very politically oriented. >> do you believe that they are authorized by the president, by his inner circle? i mean do you think this is a plan, or do you think this is individuals taking it upon themselves to leak information for whatever reason? >> i have no idea, but i don't think there's any doubt that this is one of the most egregious breaches of national security in recent memory.
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the director of national intelligence, general clapper said -- he's been in it for 30 or 40 years, whatever -- he says it's the worst he's ever seen, so this is very serious. so it seems to me why wouldn't -- if it's as egregious and a terrible breach as the director of national intelligence says, why isn't the president calling for a special prosecutor on this? i mean there should be an investigation, and think it cries out for a special council. >> do you think this is somebody that the -- something that the fbi can investigate on its own? >> i do not. i think it rises to the level of a requirement for a special council because in the view of me, this is the most egregious breach we have had in recent memory. >> and you don't trust the justice department to police the white house.
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>> i don't know that it's so much a matter of trust as a requirement. a special council has his or her own team, they have the investigative powers that are necessary. i think it rises to that level of concern. >> it is kind of perplexing because the obama administration on one hand has gone after low-level leaker, whistle blower, who have released information, i guess, that doesn't portray the administration well or that they are upset about, and yet there have been a number of high-level leaks. do you see a double standard here? >> well, i think you could draw that conclusion particularly when you have a private manning who was a private in the army who they're going after full bore as they should for the wikileaks issue and they have gone after low-level cia employee. and yet i've heard of no real reaction from the administration. the president has been silent about this. by the way, he has about massacres in syria. but it seems to me that every member of the administration, vice president and president, should be saying, look, this is
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a terrible breach of the national security, and we've got to take every step necessary to find those people who are guilty of it and make sure it doesn't happen again. >> so how does -- i mean what's the next step? how does that actually happen? >> well, it would require the appointment by the president, may require some authorization from congress. we're talking about a sense of the senate resolution calling for it. but, you know, you can -- it's a matter of some mechanics, but you can get it done. >> you mentioned syria. i just want to ask you briefly. reports of another massacre happened there, 78 people killed, many of them women and children. you and i have talked about this a lot over the last 15 months. people said after the massacre in houla, the killing of dozens of children, more than 108 in total, that was a turning point. do you think that was a turning point, looking back on it now, or do you think it's -- nobody's
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really doing anything about it still? >> to be frank with you, i think you and i and others had hoped that it would be a turning point. just yesterday, the president spokesperson, mr. carnie, said he didn't want to militarize the conflict. he didn't want to militarize the conflict with these massacres going on, and the president says nothing. the president of the united states says nothing. it's just -- it's just shameful. i can't tell you how disappointed i am. you and i have been over there. i wish more people could have had the same experiences that we have had. the rape and torture and murder go on, arjds it just doesn't seem to matter to this administration. >> senator mccain, i appreciate your time. thank you. well, senator mccain outraged over the situation in syria. but does the united states have a responsibility to do something about the fighting there? a cnnorc poll says about 33% of americans say yes.
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it's up from 25% in february while 61% say no. it's down 12 percentage points over the same time period. let us know what you think, follow me on twitter right now. former president bill clinton is apologizing for what he said about the bush tax cuts, which president obama has promised to let expire. it's not the object thing he's said that's raised some eyebrows. real politics on that ahead. o givett a sense of direction, at&t created a mobile asset solution to protect and track everything. so every piece of equipment knows where it is, how it's doing or where it goes next. ♪ this is the bell on the cat. [ male announcer ] it's a network of possibilities -- helping you do what you do... even better. ♪ >> announcer: meet mary. she loves to shop online with her debit card, and so does bill, an identity thief who stole mary's identity, took over her bank accounts and stole her hard-earned money. now meet jack. after 40 years, he finally saved
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in raw politics, bill clinton gave republicans an unexpected gift during a recent interview with cnbc. he was talking about how lawmakers will pick ought major spending and budget decisions until early next year to avoid putting more pressure on the economy. and then he said this about the bush tax cuts. >> does it mean extending the tax cuts? >> well, i think what it means is they'll have to extend -- they'll probably have to put everything off until early next year. that's probably the best thing to do right now. but the republicans don't want to do that unless he agrees to extend the tax cuts permanently including for upper income people, and i don't think the president should do that. that's going -- that's what they're fighting about. i don't have a problem with extending all of it now, including the government
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spending levels. they're still pretty low, the government spending levels, but i think they look high because there's a recession. >> well, the bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans expire january 1st. the white house said they're not even going to extend them temporarily. the republicans seized on president clinton's comments, putting him at odds with president obama's position. in an interview today with our wolf blitzer, president clinton clarified what he meant. take a look. >> yeah, i'm very sorry about what happened yesterday. it's what i thought something had to be done on the fiscal cliff before the election. apparently nothing has to be done until the first of the year, so i think he should stick with his position and then negotiate with the republicans when possible. >> well, the timing of clinton's comments is awkward to say the least for the obama campaign. and it also comes on the heels of him praising mitt romney's business. ari fleischer and cornell is here. cornell, what about this? there are those kind of
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conspiracy theorists who say this is president clinton getting back at president obama in some way that they haven't always had the warmest of relationships. do you think these kind of off message conversations are deliberate or it is just things that come out in conversation? >> i think the president -- i think president clinton cleared up what he was saying today in the situation room and doubled down on the ideal that, in fact, the wealthy will have to contribute to long-term bringing down the debt. i think this is much ado about nothing. i know the press loves president clinton. he's incredibly popular. i think your cnn poll has him at 66%. which is an incredible number for any politician these days. i think democrats are all in on that because let's talk about what clinton actually did. he raised taxes on the wealthy, and he belt the economy from the middle out. and guess what happened when he built the economy from the middle out? all boats raised. wall street did well and middle
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america did well. the same sort of policies that president obama is trying to put in place right now. so we're all in on republicans looking back at president clinton and talking about president clinton because that's the conversation we want to have. >> ari, cornell mentioned that poll. i just want to show that to our viewers. he's right about that poll. two-thirds of the country really like former president bill clinton more than any other living ex-president in the poll. is there any question in your mind that having him out there on the stump for president obama is a good thing? >> oh, i think it's a good thing for president obama. he is popular. he has an appeal still to the independents. but, you know, anderson, all these issues are kind of the notable, enjoyable side shows of politics. bill clinton said it, i think he meant it, and then he realized can't mean it, and so he had to curl it back for a wonk like bill clinton, who's a matter of substance. there's not a chance in the world he thought those tax cuts expire before the election. he knows how the tax codes works. he knew it expired december 31st. so give him points for creative fiction and crawling back.
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when rick perry called mitt romney part of vulture capitalism, this is a democrat saying that mitt romney had a stellar business record which he's not taken back. i think he committed the foul of speaking the truth and then the obama campaign punished him for speaking the truth. >> cornell, about what that? i mean he had previously said stuff on cnn about mitt romney, and then he kind of walked it back today saying on cnn it would be a -- a romney presidency would be calamitous. is he off message or do you believe that ari --? >> no, he's not off message. you have to take it -- the president -- president clinton has been fairly clear. mitt romney is not -- has not been a job creator. he's created an awful lot of wealth for himself, but he's not been at all a job creator. again, if the republicans want to focus on bill clinton, i think the democrats are all in. the same sort of policies of having the wealthy pay their fair share in order to bring
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down this debt and growing the economy from the middle out and not the top down is what we saw bill clinton do in the '90s. and now people looking back at it in sort of fashability, 66% favorability, any incumbent, any politician would kill for a 66% favorability rating right now. there's a reason why voters are still in love with bill clinton, because of the policies that he put in place that grew our economy and grew income for everyone. >> i want to play that sound bite that i referenced. >> the other issue that caused the obama folks some heartburn is when you told harvey weinstein that mitt romney had a sterling reputation as head of bain capital, that he was qualified to be president, this coming after all of their ads, the obama campaign ads, going after him on his record at bain capital. >> but that's two different things. the -- you can be a successful businessperson. and if you're a governor of a state and you're 35 years old
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and you're born in america, you're, by definition, qualified to be president. >> you're suggesting his qualifications were good as a governor. >> yes, but in the same sentence -- >> that's correct. >> in the same sentence i said he 140u8dn't be elected because the ideas and policies, i don't think they're good for america. >> and then you later said it would be calamitous if he were elected. that's going pretty far. >> if he were elected and if he implemented the policies that he's advocated. >> ari, how does it work when you have somebody out, whether they're a surrogate or a supporter, do they get a call after the interview if someone at the white house doesn't like or mitt romney doesn't like? how does that work? >> it works awkwardly. you bet they get a phone call. i used to make a couple of them myself. yeah, because part of the whole operation of running for the white house is message discipline, and you want the surrogates to support it.
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any time they go off message it's embarrassing. it can create controversy. in this case when we have to deal with the tax cuts in november and december, president clinton's words are going to be fondly remembered by many other republicans and democrats too. but the reason, anderson, i said this is a notable side show, is people vote on the basis of the president. they don't vote for the surrogates. the surrogates can be helpful, it can fill the debate, but it all comes down to the candidates, and that's why i think president obama is in trouble because popularity is not transferable. that's why he's in such deep trouble because of the state of the economy. but you never want these things to happen. i'm sure as soon as the president said it, chicago was on the phone and calling. paul begala and james carville and others who are close to the president, maybe even somebody called the president himself. president clinton is very clever. he's smart. he knew he had to rein himself back in because he was making trouble for the campaign he supports. >> all right. a freshman congressman says >> thanks very much, thanks.
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a freshman congressman says that president gives special waivers to muslims to avoid tsa screenings. not true. we're keeping them honest, next.
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coming up an amazing story. she is headed to harvard in september, bust just recently she had nowhere to call home. we'll show you how hard work can overcome the odds. does the obama
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does the obama administration give special waivers to muslims to exempt them from tsa screenings? well, of course, not. so why is a member of congress saying that it does? here's louisiana republican jeff landry on the house floor. he's running for re-election in november in a newly created district that pits him against
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another republican incumbent. he's called himself -- or he's calling himself the true conservative in that race. this week landry appeared on the jay sekulow live for the american center for law and justice founded by pat robertson. landry was making a case against the obama administration's policy on contraceptives and offered up this reason. >> i think the biggest problem that a lot of americans are having is the hypocrisy of the administration. remember, they have no problem granting special status or waivers to muslims as they go through tsa screenings. >> say what now? that's just not true. we asked congressman landry to come on the program. he declined. we still wanted some answers though, so swept joe johns to capitol hill to try to track him down.
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so, joe, you finally did catch up with the congressman today. after i know a very long day of trying to track him down. what did he actually say? >> well, anderson, congressman landry says he is being taken out of context because he says he was making a point about health care, not tsa, not muslims, not airports. it is true he was on the radio talking about how the administration makes religious accommodations at tsa, so why not do it in health care? but if that was the point he was making, it got completely derailed by the example he used. that's because tsa regulations on head coverings specifically apply to people of all faiths, not just muslims. here's what he said when i asked him about it. you said that muslims got waivers. what did you mean by that? do you know something we don't know? >> well, look, obviously, you'll take my words out of context or you wouldn't be here today. i mean i wrote an op ed back in february. we issued a press release, it has been on the website since february. you know, at the end of the day, this administration has made accommodations, okay, for people
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who are wearing religious -- traditional religious clothing, whether it be muslims wearing head pieces or not. there have been accommodations made. and -- but -- and our nation has made accommodations for c conscientious objectors in the military. at the end of the day -- and i don't oppose those measure, but at the end of the day, it seems like we could take that same approach, okay, to christians and their beliefs when it comes to the hhs mandates. >> you know, joe, it drives me nuts when people say this you have taken me out of context thing. let's play what he said yet again on the radio because he wasn't saying all religious groups. he was saying muslims and probably maybe for a reason or maybe that's all he knew at the time. i just want to play this again -- >> absolutely, absolutely. >> -- so people know we didn't take this out of context.
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play what he said on the radio show. >> i think the biggest problem that a lot of americans are having out there is the hypocrisy of this administration. remember, this is an mix -- an administration who has no problem granting special status or waivers to muslims as they go through tsa screenings. >> so he's only talking about muslims here as if there's some reason that the president has some sort of secret affinity for muslims, i guess. >> right. and this is the elephant in the room really. we all know how politics works around this town. the president's critics have found a lot of creative ways, frankly, to get the words obama and muslim into the same sentence. but landry claims he wasn't doing that. listen. >> doesn't have anything to do with obama or trying to make him look like a muslim. >> no, come on. no. this has to do with respecting religion. this has to do with rights of conscience. that is the bottom line. >> you know, i love it when people say stuff and then refuse to discuss it any further, come on our show and answer
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questions about it. and then when you do finally track them down, they kind of attack you or blame you for -- as if you have taken something out of context. joe, i'm sure it was a long, exhausting day. i appreciate you doing that. >> my pleasure. isha is back with a 360 news and business bulletin. anderson, the family of a chinese student in canada murdered is there to take him home. he was mutilated and dismembered. suspect luka rocco magnotta will be extradited in canada to face first-degree murder charges. and an aide to saddam hussein was executed. he was hussein's national security adviser, secretary, and bodyguard. he was once number four on the u.s. military's list of most wanted iraqis. and a daring rescue in china. a toddler slipped through a railing and is left dangling from a fourth-floor balcony. a neighbor risked his own life to help the child get back up
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through those bars. there's no word on where the parents were at the time. we'll be right back.
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to rob a convenience store. the clerk fights back in a very unconventional way. that is a spray can. there's a lot more. we el be right back.
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another keeping them honest report tonight. there are new battle lines being drawn in court over, which is the leading website for adult services. now, those ads that people run brought in $27 million for the website last year, according to the internet research firm, aim group. for months now we have been reporting on the push to shut down the ads where officials in various states say that underage girls are sold for sex. and the numbers are really staggering. there's been at least 50 cases in 22 states of people charged with trafficking underaged girls for sex on plus, the country's 51 attorneys general and 600 religious leaders, more than 50 ngos in a petition with more than 230,000
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signatures are all calling on village voice media holdings, which owns backpackage to shut down the ads immediately. the website is not backing down. their attorney liz mcdougal insists they do nothing wrong. look what happened when deborah feyerick confronted her in a recent report. >> how would you feel, for example, as a mother, if you saw an ad like this or an ad like this or -- i mean, this girl, she says she's 19. if you saw your daughter in this -- like this. >> i would be horrified. i'm horrified for those mothers, and my heart goes out to those mothers and to their daughters who are victims of exploitation. >> am i wrong? isn't prostitution simply illegal? >> prostitution is illegal, and we don't permit illegal activity on the website. >> but what are they selling? what are they selling? >> we have -- there are legal adult entertainment services. >> i mean if you ever looked at
4:34 am, you know what is being sold on that site. liz mcdougal is talking about shutting down the adult services section. she said that cease not the answer. she claims backpage helps in the fight against child prostitution because they keep it the sex traffickers in one place because it makes it easier for law enforcement to find them. one of the biggest allies she said is the national center for missing and exploited children. they said they work together. but when we asked that organization if they supported backpage, the answer was an emphatic no. listen to what the head of the group, ernie allen, told me. >> they'd portray themselves as the sheriffs of the internet and they're all about, you know, stopping illegal activity. do you buy that? >> i don't. what is happening is that the internet has become the primary resource, the information clearinghouse for the purchase of children for sex and for illegal prostitution. >> so while shutting down would not end child
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trafficking and no one is making that argument, do you think it would be a step in the right direction? >> i certainly do. >> well, the state of washington agrees. it passed a law that's set to take effect today that would require backpage to verify the ages of the people advertising in the adult services section. but backpage challenged the law, and the federal judge has issued a 14-day temporary restraining order against the enforcement. i spoke earlier today to washington state attorney general rob mckenna. mr. attorney general, the lawyer for said this law violates, among other things, the first amendment and it's so broadly written that virtually any website that allows users photograph their own content will face charges. it would be a big blow to the internet as we know it. what's your response to that? >> this law is actually very narrowly tailored. it is designed to get at ads for adult services as they're called. we're talking about ads for prostitution. and it's designed to prevented children from being advertised online with the publisher's
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participation. so actually since most people don't publish ads for prostitution and don't publish ads for prostitution for minors, this won't affect most websites. >> what's interesting about backpage, they claim they're part of the solution, they're the sheriffs of the internet. if they shut down their site, that these people are just going to, you know, gravitate to other sites that don't have any kind of sense of responsibility. what's your take to that? >> well, of course, backpage wants to continue making, you know, $20 million to $30 million a year for its owners, village voice media. >> and that's what it's about to you. that's what you believe it's about for you. >> for them that's clearly what's motivating them because other websites like craigslist have moved ahead to take down their adult seconds.
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and they police their website now and when they find ads they take them down. google does the same thing. so do other responsible internet websites. they look for the ads. some of them may slip through. but as soon as they're found, they're taken down. and backpage is encouraging the pimps an prostitutes to place their ads with them. >> so they claim they do all sorts of enforcement, they have lots of letters from local law enforcement agencies who praise them for, you know, being proactive and being reactive. >> well, as your own investigation revealed recently, law enforcement does not support backpage as an ally. they don't view backpage as part of a solution. they're actually helping to create the problem by facilitating these transactions. so, you know, your research core responds to what i found from talking to law enforcement around the country. >> one of things i don't understand, and we asked the folks at backpage about this, if they really wanted to check the age of the people involved who are advertising on their site, regardless of even whether or not they were, you know, having escort sites but just to check
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the ages they could set up a local office in the various cities they operate in, have customers come in in person with an i.d., verify that the person posting the ad is actually an adult. i talked to the lawyer for, liz mcdougal, about that, and i just want to play for you and for some of our viewers some of what she said. >> that is something that we have been exploring for months and are continuing to explore. when you talk about the internet -- >> what does that mean, continuing to explore though? you guys have been in business for a long period of time. there have been plenty of people who have wanted you to do this before. this isn't the first time you ever considered this idea so why not be able to say, yeah, we're going to do this. i know it will cost you money, but if it's the right thing to do. >> money is not the issue. the issue is how do you functionally implement this. if you have any understanding of how the internet works, it's a practical impossibility on the internet realm. >> i'm not an internet expert, but i'm not an idiot. you can open up a local office. >> they can contract that work
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out, just like some websites contract out other verification procedures to outside parties who, you know, monitor their site for them. so they could use local agents to represent them who are reputable who could then, you know, take the i.d. from someone who wants to place an ad. we know from interviewing the young women being trafficked, many times they're forced by the pimps, the traffickers, to place the ads themts, and they've been having the girls use gift cards like, you know, visa gift cards, for example, in order to get around identification requirements. so you have to have an in-person verification system to prevent the bad guys from working around your rules. but of course backpage doesn't have such rules now. >> attorney general mckenna, i appreciate you being on the show. thank you. >> thank you. well, a programming note. fareed zakaria is looking at what's wrong with the american immigration system and how to
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fix it. here's a sneak preview. new york city mayor michael bloomberg weighing in. >> you look at the danger to the current approach to immigration as quite substantial economically. >> it's the biggest economic issue facing this country. >> just look at the nation's fortune 500 companies. more than 200 of them were founded by immigrants or the children of immigrants, including google, yahoo! and intel. >> fareed said we're keeping them out, not allowing them here in the first place. fareed looks at how to fix the policy. it's sunday, 8:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m. eastern here on cnn. it took more than just straight as and a load of honors for one grading student to earn her spot at harvard. this is a story that's going to amaze you and inspire you. it isn't often we find someone like this young woman, dawn loggins. why she had to work harder than anyone else to pick up that diploma today and head to harvard.
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we're usually doing much different stories about than the one we're about to show you tonight. when we heard about this story, we really wanted to cover it today because we think it's
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really going to inspire you. today is graduation day in long dale, north carolina. you can forgive them for saving their applause this student. it is not a stretch to say that dawn loggins is graduating with straight as, but she did it all the while conquering more adversity than many of us will see over the course of our entire lifetimes. >> reporter: while other teens still sleep, dawn loggins is in the hallways, classrooms, and bathrooms of burns high school where she's a senior and janitor. each morning she cleans the rooms where she'll later return to learn. >> but that myself should be the root and father of many kings. >> reporter: then comes seven hours of advanced placement classes, honors classes. then two more hours of dumping trash and picking up afternoon her classmates. >> i don't mind cleaning because if you have to wade through trash to get to your desk,
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you're not going to have an environment that encourages learning. >> reporter: finally she tackles homework till 2:00 a.m. besides being dedicated school officials knew something else about dawn. life at home wasn't exactly perfect. there were the eviction notices. the family moved. a lot. burns high was her fourth school since eighth grade. when she asked about candles, her boss realized the teen was living in a house with no electricity. >> she came to me and she said, i need something to be able to do my homework by. i said, okay, we'll get you some candles. we'll take care of that. >> reporter: there was also no water. >> we'd get the water jugs at the park, look using the spigots in the bathroom and we'd use that to flush the toilet and cook with and things like that. >> reporter: it got worse. last year when dawn tried calling home, the phone was disconnected.
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they left home and this time, they left her behind. >> i never expected my parents to just leave. >> reporter: you were homeless? >> yes. >> reporter: dawn would crash a few days on a couch here, a night here or there, but still cleaning and still keeping up her grades. >> i think what motivates me is the fact that when i was younger, i was able to look at all the bad choices, at the neglect and the drug abuse, and i was not going to have to ask myself, am i going to buy food this month or am going to pay rent. >> reporter: what makes this story so amazing isn't just dawn loggins, but what the community did. the moment it was realized that dawn was abandoned and homeless, she should have been been turned over to the state, the department of social services. that didn't happen. that didn't happen on purpose. >> we kind of took it upon ourselves to become her village. >> reporter: so teachers and staffers made sure she was clothed and fed and had a place to live. >> the people are nice though. we have good people here.
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you know? it's a nice community. >> reporter: and it didn't end there. that same village was now out to get her to college. not just any college. harvard. history teacher larry gardner wrote the recommendation letter and simply told dawn's story. >> this young lady, unlike most of us, has known hunger. she's known abuse and neglect. she's known homelessness and filth. yet, she's risen above it all to become such an outstanding young lady. >> reporter: months passed. thick acceptance letters arrive from state schools, but nothing from cambridge. then one day, a thin envelope with the harvard seal arrived. >> i'm delighted to report that the admissions committee has asked me to inform you you will be admitted to the harvard college class. of 2016. >> i didn't jump up and down or cry or anything like, that but it did get the largest reaction
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out of any of my acceptance letters. i sort of did this. >> reporter: not only was she accepted, but her tuition and housing would be paid for. >> kind of teared up because this is a young lady who -- when i first met her and had her brother in class, they were living in a home without electricity, without running water. they were showering at a local park. >> she's not let the circumstances hold her back. she's going to be that symbol that you're able to achieve. meet your milestones, meet your goals. no matter what. >> reporter: and that's how dawn loggings went from homeless to harvard. martin savidge, cnn, lawndale, north carolina. >> what an incredible young woman. going to have a bright future ahead of her. wow! >> what a young lady. >> amazing. >> hard to believe.
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she's so come posed as well. >> yeah. i love her reaction was like her -- like covering her mouth. incredibly hard work. wow. >> very much. wishing her the best. >> yeah. what do you have for us? >> more headlines. police are gathering evidence against the main suspect in the 1979 murder of etan patz. officers removed a computer hard drive, a pair of satchels among other items from the home of pedro hernandez. he confessed to strangling the boy and throwing his body away in a trash bag. more than 2,000 nfl players are suing the league for failing to address the neurological risks associated with playing football. now, this suit consolidates some 80 similar cases already making their way through the courts. the nfl says it has long made players' safety a priority. anderson, a wild scene caught on tape in canada. a convenience store owner using bee spray, turning the tables on a pair of knife-wielding robbers. when one made another attempt at
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the cash register, the owner pushed him over the counter, you see him there. and literally gave him a spanking. yeah. >> wow. >> not something you see every day. yeah. >> who's that lady? some other person just gets involved. wow. >> everybody is getting a bit of a whooping this. >> one guy was arrested. the other one did a runner. >> did a runner. is that what you call it in england? >> a runner. when you leg it. you're totally confused. that i've just got to move on. i don't know what you've talking about. i don't know what you're talking about. time for a little boy leaving the world of silence with his cochlear ear implants. he hears his mother's voice for the first time. you've got to see this. >> hi, cooper. hi, cooper. hi, cooper. >> oh. beautiful. >> hi, cooper. >> amazing. >> hi, baby. >> he's happy.
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>> i'm doing that, i'm sorry. >> that's cochlear implants. i miss pronounce them all the time. he's had the implants for about eight months now. his speech is really coming along. we wish him the best. >> yeah. >> incredible. >> great pictures. coming up next, the ridiculist. be proud of your kids, but not too loud about it. it could land you in jail. [ female announcer ] irritated, itchy, summer skin?
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oh, time now for the ridiculist. tonight we're adding some folks who are calling enthusiasm haters. you see, there have been two stories in news this week about families getting in trouble for cheering at high school graduations. you heard me correctly. cheering. not at the library or church, but at high school graduations, you know, events that tend to be exciting and cheerful. one incident was in south carolina where the mother of a graduate was actually arrested. >> i'm thinking in my mind, you know, i'm a cheer because, you know, i went through too much to get her to this point. i can't show my excitement? i can't cheer? i can't applaud and let her know, you know, yes, i'm so proud of you? like all the other years when people graduate. >> well the superintendent said that cheering detracts from the dignity of the ceremony. he adds that parents were warned not to make noise, and for much of the graduation, you could hear a pin drop. >> there were family members in
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the audience, both mr. brown and eyewitness to the fact, that when their child graduated, in obedience to the instructions that were given by the principal of the school, they stood up and they did this. they didn't yell. they just did this. >> the superintendent says that silent hand motion is way to thank the almighty. obviously, nothing wrong with that. but is verbal cheering really such a bad thing? apparently so. at least according to school officials in mt. healthy, ohio. they're withholding the diploma of this young man, a star football player. he received a letter from the school saying he would not get his diploma until he or his family completed 20 hours of community service as punishment for excessive cheering at graduation. anthony's mom says he's being wrongly punished, and they're going to appeal the decision. the superintendent says the parents were warned and that the cheering takes away from other graduates. >> had i not said to the people
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who were calling names stop, the succeeding child's name would not have been heard. >> i get it. you've got a lot of names to read. i know it's a tough job, but you know what? you wait for the cheering to subside and read the next name. is that so difficult? i hate to think that cheering at a graduation should be a roadblock to someone moving ahead with their life, maybe even becoming rich and famous. >> spellman! >> that's right. try telling oprah not to cheer at your graduation. maybe the schools are trying to impart some decorum to the students. who knows? perhaps with a subdued, understated graduation they can go on to the subdued, understated profession like serving as a state legislator. >> not the american way. these damn bills that come out of here all the damn time come out at the last second, and i've got to try to figure out how to vote for my people!
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you should be ashamed for yourself! >> okay, bad example. all i know is that a little enthusiasm never hurt anyone. not at work, not at school and certainly not at graduation. cheer on your sons and daughters. be proud of arrested. the enthusiasm haters are out in ferris. "early start begins now." i'm very sorry about what happened yesterday. >> a cnn exclusive. bill clinton apologizing for steps all over president obama a's economic message five months from election day. we look at the fallout and future for clinton in the presidential campaign. this is bizarre. toss your caps into the air, and they might not come back. amazing video of a funnel cloud crashing an outdoor graduation. caught rhett handed and rhett faced.


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